I had the privilege of previewing the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD last month before it was released…and now I’m excited to announce that it is available for purchase everywhere!
This post is part of the #DisneyInHomeEvent | #SleepingBeauty | #Malifecent | #FireAndRescue | #VeryBadDayEvent event. I received a Blu-ray/DVD combo for my family as well as one to give away (be sure to scroll down to enter to win!)…and my travel and accommodations were covered during the press trip to LA, but all thoughts are my own. All photos in this post are courtesy of Disney. Amazon affiliate links are used. Thanks for that can of Coke Zero!
Releasing a Disney Classic
I grew up with the Disney classics. I remember when we didn’t have VHS of our favorite movies, much less DVDs and Blu-rays…or Digital HD. I am grateful to have a pretty extensive Disney movie library at home (in my opinion, every home needs one) and Sleeping Beauty has always been one of my favorites. My favorite part of Sleeping Beauty was always when the fairies changed Aurora’s dress from pink to blue and back again.
I’m thrilled that Sleeping Beauty has been released from the Disney vaults for a limited time, particularly because of the fun bonus content on the disk, which includes 3 never-before-seen deleted scenes, and even a deleted character, and more.
Since the theatrical release of Maleficent earlier this year, I know that my family’s interest in and enthusiasm for Sleeping Beauty was renewed. It was especially fun to watch the two movies back-to-back (we got an early screening copy of Maleficent, as well, but YOU can get Maleficent on Blu-ray and DVD on November 4. You can pre-order Maleficent HERE).
About Sleeping Beauty:
“Sleeping Beauty” tells the wondrous tale of a princess cursed by an evil fairy, protected by three loving fairies and, ultimately, saved by “true love’s kiss.” Featuring the voice talents of renowned opera singer Mary Costa as Sleeping Beauty and Disney stalwart Eleanor Audley as the evil fairy, Maleficent, the film’s vibrant visuals were created by a team that included Milt Kahl and Ollie Johnston, two of Disney’s legendary Nine Old Men and an Academy Award®-nominated score, 1959, adapted from the incandescent music of Peter Tchaikovsky. “Sleeping Beauty” is the sixteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon and was the last animated feature produced by Walt Disney to be based upon a fairy tale. It is the tenth film released as part of Disney’s prestigious Blu-ray Diamond Collection.
Meeting Sarah Hyland
During our trip to LA, when we were touring Walt Disney’s Woking Way estate, we had the chance to sit down with Sarah Hyland in Walt’s private screening room, where we viewed some of the bonus content on the new Blu-ray/DVD.
Sarah talked with fondness of her time at Disney World filming the new short, called “Once Upon a Parade.” Check out a preview below:
‘Once Upon A Parade’ (Starring Sarah Hyland) – Behind every attraction, event and parade at the Magic Kingdom is a unique story. Join Sarah Hyland from ABC’s “Modern Family” as she tells us the tale of Walt Disney World’s new Festival Of Fantasy Parade. This magical “in world” short film goes behind the scenes of the new parade and shows how the residents and characters of Fantasyland created this parade to tell their stories.
More Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Bonus Features:
Art of Evil: Generations Of Disney Villains – This legacy piece spotlights Disney’s favorite villain animator, Marc Davis and his infamous creations of characters such as Maleficent and Cruella. Throughout the piece, we will talk to modern day animators like Andreas Deja and also the new generation of Animators (Lino DiSalvo Animation Director of FROZEN) on how Marc’s designs and characters influenced what they do today.
@DisneyAnimation: ARTISTS IN MOTION (Extended Edition) – Join Walt Disney Animation Visual Development artist Brittney Lee as she goes through the process of creating a three dimensional sculpture of Maleficent, completely out of paper. In this extended edition, go deeper into Britney’s process.
Never Before Seen Deleted Scenes:
- The Fair (With Deleted Character – The Vulture) – In this version of the story, the fairies do not take the Princess to live with them in the forest. Convinced that King Stefan’s order to burn all the spinning wheels in the kingdom will not prevent Maleficent’s curse, the good fairies put a magic circle around the castle and cast a spell: “No evil thing that walks or flies or creeps or crawls can ever pass these castle walls.”
- The Curse is Fulfilled – The three good fairies have just returned Aurora to the castle and give her a crown. They leave the room to give Aurora some time alone…but Maleficent pays her a visit.
- Arrival Of Maleficent (Alternate Scene) – Maleficent arrives uninvited to the christening of the Princess Aurora.
Additional Bonus features:
BEAUTY-OKE “Once Upon A Dream” – Sing along to this kinetic text video of Aurora’s signature song.
The Sound Of Beauty: Restoring A Classic (on the Classic DVD) – This featurette covers the creation of the 7.1 mix of the score of Sleeping Beauty that was done for Blu-ray, using the source tapes from the original recording sessions resulting in an audio experience of superior quality with greater detail and fidelity that you have ever heard before.
Picture Perfect: The Making Of Sleeping Beauty (on the Classic DVD) – Discover the behind-the-scenes magic that transformed a beloved fairy tale into a cinematic work of art. Legendary Animators, actors and film historians reveal the secrets behind Disney’s masterpiece.
Eyvind Earle: A Man And His Art (on the Classic DVD)- Early in his career, renowned American Artist Eyvind Earle worked as a background painter at the Walt Disney Studio. Walt Disney liked his work so much that he entrusted him with the assignment to be the Art Director for Sleeping Beauty. This was the first time that one artist was given the responsibility for the entire look on one of Disney’s animated features. This piece follows Earle’s development as an artist and his years at the Studio.
Audio Commentary by John Lasseter, Andreas Deja and Leonard Maltin
Note: not all editions will have all of the above-mentioned bonus features.
Check out the fun Sleeping Beauty-inspired Crafts and activities for kids below:
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Win SLEEPING BEAUTY Diamond Edition 2-disk Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack
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